Post # 1
Hey bees! I was setting up a pre-timeline timeline, (lol). Our ceremony is supposed to be at 3:00, it is an hour long ceremony, then a 25 minute drive to the reception. The bridal party and myself are going to take pictures after the ceremony at another location. My reception is at 6:30 and the venue doesn’t let anyone in earlier then that. I don’t want to be rude and keep everyone hanging around for hours with nothing to do before the reception. Should I move the ceremony to 4? any advice would be great! Thanks !
Post # 3
Yeah why not. 4 Sounds like a better ceremony time.
Post # 4
I would move the ceremony. 4 is much better. You def don’t want everyone driving around and waiting for the doors to the reception hall to open!
Post # 5
If you can move it to 4pm I would. Does you cocktail hour start earlier?
We had the lovely Catholic gap. Our ceremony was a mass at 2, then a 30min drive to the reception. Our cocktail hour started at 6. I was so stressed about this the whole time with wedding planning but to be honest you never noticed that day. People went to the bar, a friends house, checked into the hotel, etc. and noone ever mentioned the gap.
So if you are stuck it is okay as long as your guest know, but if you have an option I would make it later.
Post # 6
I would definitley move it to 4 p.m.
Post # 7
I think so long as your guests know then it should be fine.
Post # 8
I don’t think you should change your ceremony time. If I’m doing my math correctly, moving your ceremony to 4:00 only gives you one hour to take pictures at two separate locations. It will be even less time if you are running behind by even a little. It’s honestly not enough time. Keep the ceremony at 3:00. Guests will have to amuse themselves for two hours. That’s pretty standard from most weddings I’ve attended and it should be just fine.
Post # 9
IMO, move it to 4pm. I’ve been to a wedding that had a big gap b/t ceremony & reception, and you know what the guests did? Hit the bar early. Huge mistake – everyone was sloppy drunk & some didn’t even make it to dinner!
Post # 10
I agree with the other posters. Personally, I think anything over an hour gets to be too long in between the ceremony & reception. As a guest, I hate waiting around or driving around looking for some where to go/something to go, especially if the wedding is out of town.
Post # 11
I’ve experienced weddings with large gaps and it’s never been an issue. We’ve always gone to the hotel, to a restaurant for some drinks etc… If you can move it to 4 without it affecting your photos or anything then do so, but otherwise your guests will sort it out themselves, they are adults after all.